Skill Development Centres
The October 8, 2005 earthquake(space) in Northern Pakistan not only turned out to be fatal for thousands of people but also left larger numbers battling for survival. It left widespread destruction in its wake, killing at least 73,000 people, severely injuring another 70,000, and making 2.8 million homeless. Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and North West Frontier Province (NWFP) were dealt the most devastating blow and suffered extensive damage to economic assets and infrastructure, with social service delivery, commerce, and communications either debilitated or destroyed. TUSDEC(space) determined that there was almost no institutional support left especially in terms of technical assistance and training after its need assessment survey in the area.
TUSDEC established Skill Development Centers in NWFP and Azad Jammu Kashmir to help earthquake 2005 affectees regain the lost sources of living which gradually proceeded towards the overall economic recovery in those areas. The prime objective of setting up the SDCs(Skill Development Centers) was to provide victims the basic knowledge for rehabilitation and reconstruction right at their doorstep, assist the cottage industry and provide, revive and enhance their skills and expertise in the fields of construction, furniture manufacturing, tourism and hospitality while involving them to participate in rehabilitation work and compete in the international market on long term basis.
Four centers in Batagram and Khaki have received a tremendous response from the local community. The SDCs are offering free-of-cost courses in 14 different disciplines. These SDCs have trained more than 4000 students in the aforementioned fields. They are now registering students in one year TTB, Peshawar affiliated courses, certificate and diploma programes. These SDC's(Skill Development Centers) are not only offering short courses but also offer one year diploma courses to augment the opportunities of livelihood for the earthquake-survivors. Most SDC graduates have found employment in the fields of hotel management, tourism and other service sectors, many have started their own small businesses offering services such as electric fixing, masonry and so forth. Hence these SDC's have contributed towards the long term sustenance prospects of the earthquake 2005 martyrs.